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Questions tagged [intelligence]

For questions discussing some level of self-awareness.

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Could underwater living organism create technology?

Could underwater creatures with the intelligence of human cave men or possibly the intelligence of apes create technology (that is, more complex technology comparable to what we have now rather than ...
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How fast could a directed breeding program turn another Earth species intelligent?

There is no genetic engineering allowed, just selected breeding and offspring selection. There is no genome sequencing, imagine medieval technology plus mendelian principles. The laws of heredity are ...
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Could plants develop intelligence?

I know the idea seems a bit far fetched but it's something I believe is common is science fiction and fantasy stories. I remember the talking trees of Zelda: Ocarina of time and of course, Tolkien's ...
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How could humans recognize another species as sentient / intelligent?

There is this fantasy in fiction that humans meet another species and figure out that it's intelligent. This usually happens with dragons, dolphins, aliens, collectively intelligent plancton... But ...
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How would an intelligent civilization evolve in the floor of a deep ocean world?

Defining what is a super intelligent civilization: An industrial civilization that invest on scientific progress and that builds and manipulates computers, robots and nano-machines, has efficient ...
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Creature with a non-centralized brain

I've always found animal intelligence to be fascinating, particularly that of the cephalopods, some of which show some pretty remarkable talents for tool usage, mimicry, and pattern recognition. ...
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What could cause an avian species to become intelligent?

There have been a few questions about an intelligent avian species lately and they have gotten me thinking. It seems to me that it would be hard for an avian species to evolve to be more intelligent ...
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Plant based lifeforms: brain equivalent?

In lots of science fiction works that visit other planets we are often introduced to intelligent plant based lifeforms, be they humanoid looking or potted plant looking. I'm curious as to what part ...
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A world without natural time measures

An intelligent race evolves on a planet with no moon or axial tilt, which is tidally locked to its star, and has a very hazy atmosphere. So there are no seasons, no day/night cycle, and the stars are ...
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Could plants develop sentience?

This question is almost exactly like Could plants develop intelligence, but now I wonder (how) could plant life develop sentience, to the point where it becomes as intelligent as humans? Is a brain ...
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How would an intelligent forest control and direct its animal minions?

The Wold (Forest) is one vast, interconnected, possibly digital mind. The mind is primarily built of one cloned individual of a single plant species, but there are over a dozen 'helper' sub-minds and ...
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Intelligent Animals Integrating into (Western) Human Society

So for the purposes of this question, the following items are already determined by our world: The humans and human society are in very beginning of an Industrial Revolution almost identical to our ...
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How would an intelligent race on a methane world achieve a fire equivalent?

Linked: What would the conditions on a methane world be like? What would animal life on a methane world look like and how would it evolve? Background: Okay, an intelligent race has evolved on a ...
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How could a climate-protection organization breed sapient, tool-developing cooperating Cephalopoda?

I am working on a scenario where a climate protection organization tries to breed sapient Cephalopoda as a help in their fight against climate change. The breeding goals of the evolving species are as ...
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Off the grid scenario [closed]

What is the most novel and realistic (believable) way for a relatively average character, with a military background to "disappear" and go underground ("off the grid"), eliminating as many traces of ...
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Could a sedentary organism develop intelligence, or even sentience?

Similar to Could Plants Develop Sentience? but slightly more general: I'm not interested in plants in particular, but want a more general understanding of the effect of motion on intelligence and vice ...
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Best species to breed to intelligence

I’ve included more background below, but the TL;DR is that you’re a lone immortal who’s decided to breed some species of animal to a human-level intelligence (over the course of hundreds of thousands ...
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How To Subtly Imply Intelligence

Since a couple of people seem confused, the players are there to purchase tech made by human colonists. The tech was made by exploiting the native alien fauna. The ecosystem of the planet is well ...
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Does intelligence necessarily lead to an abstract language?

Pretty much what it says in the question title. Suppose a non-human, social species of Earth animal found itself on an evolutionary path that favored increased intelligence of a kind not completely ...
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Building a planet favorable to the evolution of intelligent life

You are a planetary engineer from a lonely species fairly high on the Kardashev scale. Although your species has wandered throughout the galaxy seeking out new life and civilizations for thousands of ...
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Could intelligent life on Earth have been seeded by precursor aliens?

This idea comes up quite frequently in science fiction, but there has not been a question about it yet on Worldbuilding.SE. Is it possible that intelligent life was brought to Earth by an alien ...
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What more than sentience do you need from a species for its intelligence to be recognizable by humans?

It's becoming obvious from how could humans recognize another species as sentient / intelligent that recognizing another species' intelligence is very complicated. There are no universal tests, no ...
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Could we find a dinosaur civilization in space?

Imagine that humankind finally takes wing and reaches out into the heavens to claim its vast cosmic birthright ... ... only to find that a previous wave of dinosaurs from Earth, who left ~65 million ...
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How Do I Develop a Society of Geniuses?

Goal: Achieve a society where the average person is a creative and/or analytical and/or strategic genius and/or physically phenomenal (as measured by our current standards, of course). Steps: ...
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What would cause turkeys to be intelligent?

In the spirit of Thanksgiving (US) let's tackle a fun one. I'm defining "intelligent" in this situation as "at least on par with hunter-gatherer humans, able to communicate" What natural, ...
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Are religion, emotion, and individuality binding factors for evolution of a technology-based society?

If you look at our society, you can see why we developed technology. Each individual wanted an easier life, therefore we invented tools and overcame obstacles to achieve this easier life. One could ...
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Would it be possible for a single celled organism to evolve intelligence?

I understand that the human brain consists of many cells working together but could a single celled life form evolve something like a brain with similar intelligence to the human brain? I was ...
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Does civilization necessarily imply structure-building?

On the Life Ball of my fantasy stories, a particular species of delphinidae- I call them black dolphins- have evolved and advanced at least as much as humans and other intelligent races. Among other ...
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Maximum capacity of Parrot-sized Brain

After hearing about Alex the African Gray Parrot, and knowing how intelligent ravens are, just how smart could a brain of that size become? I would like to limit the responses to current known or ...